Paolo Caravaggi has a degree in Mechanical Engineering with a thesis on the biomechanics of intramedullary nailing. He has worked for IBM where he contributed to the designing and implementation of the first web-farm in Italy. As engineer at the R&D of Wright Medical Technology, he has been responsible for several European funded projects, such as the BIOKER aimed at formulating novel alumina-nacomposites for ceramic-ceramic knee and hip prostheses.
In 2008 he earned a Ph.D. at the University of Liverpool under the supervision of Prof. Robin Crompton. His thesis focused on foot modeling and on the effects of walking speed on foot segment kinematics. In 2011 he took a post-doc position at the Joint Motion Lab at the Orthopedic department of Rutgers Medical School (Newark, United States). During this period, he supervised and managed all the laboratory activities and helped design custom setups for the in-vitro testing of bone and joints and for assessing the performance of fixation devices.
Since 2012, he has been working as research-engineer at the Movement Analysis Laboratory of Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli (Bologna, Italy). His current research focus is on foot biomechanics, orthoses and the application of additive manufacturing to optimize the implant-to-bone interface of prostheses and implantable devices. He is collaborating with several industry partners to test and develop new orthopedic footwear.
He is author of more than 40 papers in different clinical and biomechanical peer-reviewed journals. He was awarded the Samsung Research Award at the 2014 International Foot and Ankle Biomechanics conference.